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Updated May 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is absolutely in the hands of the employee, with very few roles in the company having any set schedule (in 186 reviews)

  • The work environment that the company promote (in 119 reviews)

Cons
  • So if a high base pay outweighs your desire for a good work life balance, this might not be the place for you (in 33 reviews)

  • The "culture" is used as a reason low pay is okay (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Unfortunately not the best place to advance your career."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst I in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst I in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, job security, great benefits.

    Cons

    All these pertain to IT: Very disorganized in most aspects, unclear career paths, managers play favorites, enormous amounts of pointless meetings, very slow path to getting promoted (which kills motivation), very lacking in training initiatives, discord amongst teams, too many projects get drawn out then eventually canceled. This is the wrong place for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites, help junior programmers advance in their careers instead of focusing ONLY on what the senior people have to say. Also, work hard to shake the image that IT is not respected in the company - that's terrible for employee morale, especially for ambitious people right out of college.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Looking for an IT career, don't work here."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst I in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst I in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are the best I've seen anywhere. The work/life balance is great as well.

    Cons

    The IT department is the red headed step child of the company. The salaries are lower, advancement is limited, and investment into the department is low. Engineers are treated great, but the IT department is treated drastically different. Most of the people work there are good people, but there was too much backstabbing and pointing fingers. If you're a positive person and would like to stay positive its extremely hard in IT. If you are IT this is not the place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the IT department with more value. All parts of a machine are important.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "It's just a job."

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Technician in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable pay and benefits.
    Cafeteria on campus.

    Cons

    Young engineers without discipline and poor managers routinely ignore internal processes designed to help with project development. This results in late projects and bad reviews for the team when it comes time to assign the blame.

    Twice yearly reviews are sometimes only done once a year. If your manager skips one, that info doesn't make it to the salary review meeting. Your manager may have other meetings and chose those over attending the salary meeting. Advancement and compensation discussions WILL NOT reflect the opportunities for development that NI advertises during interviews.

    Remember to suck up. You need good technical reviews but you'll also need the blessing of some hard to work with senior engineers to get advanced.

    As you get closer to advancement, your evals will decline. You will suddenly not get credit for projects, even if you have a signed apprecitation cetificate for the same work. Fault will be found.

    If you are career oriented, I do not recommend staying long at NI.

    Advice to Management

    I've given advice, they don't take it.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some very smart engineers
    The CEO is modest and approachable
    Somewhat flexible schedules
    Some great people in general
    Location is good

    Cons

    Middle management is inexperienced and incompetent
    Unlike the CEO, the rest of the senior management is not modest and approachable
    Smarter people usually leave after a few years of service because they get burnt out by the unfair treatment and by the increasing politics
    It's definitely, and by far, not one of the "best places to work", there are some 100% true believers who keep voting extremely positively in the surveys
    Unlike what you're told, pay is really bad if you stay there long enough after school

    Advice to Management

    Dr. T, please replace ALL management! Almost no exception! This company has a lot of potential with its original ideas but does not have the right "generals" to lead it!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible experience-- got stuck in the worst group at an otherwise great comoany"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Group in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Group in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Surrounded by creative, hugely innovative minds

    Cons

    International marcom group consists of unprofessional folks-- shocking. They spoke to each other in asian languages in meetings making no attempt to include the english speaker in their midst. It is like a little inner circle-- in which case, why did they hire me? I quit in no time. Nightmare. No clear directio. Was ever provided, i was left to scramble and find my own bearings. Hostile atmosphere!

    Advice to Management

    One ill-advised group can tarnish the image of an entire corporation. Hope someone is taking stock of such groups within your company.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Not that Great"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good to start at right after college. Leave 2 years after you gain experience and earn twice the $$ NI will pay. And guess what, their benefits suck.

    Cons

    Pay and working with people who have no real career aspirations


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Limited growth after a few years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible with employees and stable employment

    Cons

    NI has limited opportunities to allow employees to grow


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work unless..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart top-level management
    superior products
    progressive in terms of growth
    no "layoffs"
    excellent recession adaptations

    Cons

    "Great place to work", unless..
    you are in less-than perfect health
    are older
    have outdated skillset
    you have health issues

    Never mind how long you've worked at or how loyal you are to NI, expect to be screwed over the second you cease to be a "super" performer.

    If you have a disability, unless it SHOWS, you can forget about accommodations.
    You will be treated like a lying malingerer and driven out of your job, with insulting bad performance reviews to trump up their false claims.

    If you are not a drinker, you will become an outcast. So many "perks" revolve around drinking.

    Work-life balance? Forget it! Best place to work? Are you kidding me??

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone who is good at their job should be promoted to management. People leave managers, not jobs. PLEASE take any complaints against mgt seriously. A bad manager can ruin an otherwise dedicated and superior employee.
    HR is not your friend if you find yourself in difficulty. They will "say" all the right things, but "beware". Mgt will find ways to ruin your reputation that have nothing to do with your actual job performance if they feel you are no longer a "good fit".
    One's value to the company is very quickly reduced to nothing if you are less than 100% healthy, young and full of energy.
    Too much focus on young, healthy employees who have few work-life balance problems!!


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Must drink the koolaid to succeed here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, fun environment, great co-workers, beautiful campus, decent cafeteria

    Cons

    Salary stinks, benefits are mediocre, promotions and job changes are for people who suck up to the right people, Managers can be very inexperienced leading to a lot of favoritism and an extreme lack of professionalism. Definitely not a "best place to work" (NI pays to be included on the fortune list of best places to work)


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Consensus-driven, but really CEO-driven, culture prevents change and decision-making"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    NI has a very laid-back atmosphere and the company promotes work-life balance.

    Cons

    The company shuns experienced hires, especially if you do not have an engineering or technical background. As someone with many years of experience, I felt I had to prove myself all over again, which was exhausting.

    There is a spoken desire to embrace change and do things better, but it is not followed up by action or empowerment. The lack of leadership and authority to drive change is astounding. Every meeting was slow-motion churn to nowhere. Decisions would finally get made after months of deliberation and consensus-building and then the CEO could overturn them in a second. There is no focus or prioritization - everything is important.

    The pay is terrible and the benefits aren't that great. The laid-back atmosphere doesn't make up for the lack in pay and the inability to drive meaningful change.

    The company focuses on recruiting college grads, so the more experienced people are outnumbered by new grads with no experience.

    Management seems blind to the world outside NI and to non-customers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the customer, not on yourselves. Stop playing favorites with just the same handful of people. Get out of your NI bubble and benchmark against other technology companies. Make experienced hires feel welcome and empower them to lead. Prioritize.


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